New York police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to kill both himself and his family by driving a car off a cliff, as reported by the Miami Herald.
Authorities say it all started when August Melish, 37, allegedly assaulted his wife on Sunday, forcing her to drive to a relative’s home the next day. Melish followed her and broke into a locked bathroom where she had been hiding, according to an arrest record. Then he allegedly forced his wife and 4-year-old daughter into his car, with plans to drive off a cliff.
According to witnesses on the scene, Melish’s unidentified 4-year-old daughter could be heard screaming “please don’t hurt my mommy” and “please don’t kill mommy” as both her and her mother were led from the neighbor’s home.
His wife, who also remains unidentified, attempted to gain control of the vehicle before Melish was able to crash the entire family into a nearby ravine, according to an arrest record. She was eventually successful and managed to crash the car into an embankment.
When the car was stopped, the suspect allegedly began hitting his wife repeatedly until a bystander intervened, leading the pair to his locked truck until police arrived.
The suspect faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment in the first degree, attempted assault in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and obstructing breathing by choking, according to the Warwick Valley Dispatch.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
[Featured Image: Warwick Police Department]